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How to Remove Rust Stains From Tub

Although this is not our area of expertise, we thought we'd pass on this information that was tested by our employees. They are always talking about their own home repairs and we thought this was an interesting topic and solution.
Rust in the bathroom is usually the result of two related situations. Either iron-containing metals in your bathroom fixtures have begun to rust OR your mineral-rich water supply contains iron particles and has begun to stain areas where water runs. This happens even with a porcelain tub as two of our employees found out.
Bleach and Tilex made the rust stains worse and they sparked another chemical reaction, creating more rust stains on the non-skid surface on the tub floor. Other products that either made things worse or didn't work at all: Lysol, toilet bowl cleansers, Soft Scrub, Goof Off, Awesome, Comet, Simple Green, Mean Green, Magic Eraser and CLR,
However, we found 2 things that really worked: Clorox2 and Hydrogen Peroxide. The Clorox2 worked

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  • Gloriasparks42

    Rust inside the tub

  • Joan Rasp

    Since my sink with the rust around the drain has been refinished twice the area really looks bad. Anything to cover it up. I have tried porcelain paint and glass paint.

  • Danny Bauer

    The works toilet bowl cleaner in a squirt bottle is the cheapest and most effective way to remove rust stains, wear rubber gloves!

  • Barbara Price Morris

    Barkeeper's Friend is good if not better than The Works. Both get rust stains. I've been dealing with rust for years and these work great!

  • Taco.mama808

    Baking Soda, Vinegar, Hot Water~~~
    1/3 cup baking soda onto rim of drain
    Pour Vinegar slowly onto baking soda till pasty, let set 10 to 15 mins. Pour hot water slowly over. Watch it bubble, then rinse. Great to clear sludge from drains. Also safer